I like Olympic hockey, but I love World Cup hockey. Let me explain. During the Olympics, there is almost no time for a team to practice, so guys are learning linemates on the fly, especially with a younger team this time like the Americans.
One of the reasons I love World Cup hockey is that the teams are together for a much longer time practicing before the tournament. The skill level and teamwork is amazing, especially by the time you get to the finals. I'll never forget Brett Hull's deflection that helped the US win the Cup in 1996.
I'll even get up early to watch the preliminary round games from Europe. I've been looking all over the web for about 30 minutes trying to find out when the next one is and have had no luck. Man, it's tough to love this sport sometimes.